Town of Franklinville The Postal Service
  Town of Franklinville The Post Office

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Upon the dedication of the new Morgan Hall in 1895 the Post Office
moved in. The postmaster at the time was Christopher Whitney and under
the post office regulations at that time, his salary was based on the
percentage of business done at the office.
When the new office was fitted out in Morgan Hall there were
supposed to be boxes sufficient to easily accommodate the business, but
there were not .... and 100 boxes were added the following year. We
quote from

The Chronicle, week ending Friday, October 9, 1896

"A gang of men, headed by Robert Darlington, began tearing out the
brick wall in the entrance of Morgan Hall Wednesday morning, the first
stages of the post office improvements."

These improvements not withstanding, the Post Office apparently
eventually outgrew Morgan Hall entirely for we next find it located in
the building on the southeast corner of the intersection of South Park
Square with South Main Street, the entrance then being on South Main
And, gradually, other services were added:

The Chronicle, week ending Friday, November 28, 1902


"It is expected that rural mail service will be established on 26
routes in Cattaraugus County which includes the five Franklinville
rooutes, beginning next February. Investigations were recently made by
the postoffice officials regarding the conditions here and it was
decided to establish the service, but Congressman E. B. Vreeland has
just received a letter from the general superintendent of the free
delivery system of the division of rural delivery according to the
Salamanca Republican, stating that the service probably cannot be
established until February. The superintendent says in part:
'I regret to inform you that we will probably not be able to start
these routes before Feb. 1st. We have practically taken up all the
appropriation for service ordered established at a prior date. An
urgent deficiency appropriation of $500,000 will be requested, in order
that the department may clear all favorable reports now waiting action
in this county.' "

Once the rural deliveries were begun, however, the route men were
more than faithful:

Chronicle-Journal, Thursday, December 18, 1919

"Clarence Morris is the only one of the original R.F.D. carriers
who is still in service with the Franklinville post office. On
Saturday, Frank Hall, who with Mr. Morris, shared the honor of being
one of the first to carry Uncle Sam's mail to the farmers of this
section, resigned his position to take effect immediately. Mr. Floyd
Gage is acting as substitute until examinations are held.
An interesting feature of Mr. Hall's resignation is the years of
service and number of miles he has covered in performing his government
duties. He has been over the same 25-mile route for sixteen years and
nine months. Counting out Sundays, holidays and brief vacations he has
made 5144 trips over the hills, in all kinds of weather, and on all
kinds of roads. The grand total of miles travelled by Mr. Hall is
128,600 - over five times around the world."

In the next few years postal savings and parcel post were also
On September 1, 1916 the first free home delivery of mail in the
village took place.

While the physical location of the Post Office was hopscotching
about the village, some of its emplojjyees were making history of their
own. For instance, the Franklinville Centennial book displays, on page
19, a picture of the staff of the Post Office, still in Morgan Hall in
1910, and identifies the Post Mistress as Blanche Smith. She was the
second female to hold that office in the Village of Franklinville,
having been appointed in 1907. The first was Margaret Andrews in 1891.

Miss Jessie McCaa was the only woman city mail carrier in the
United States at the time she received her appointment by a special war

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